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EQ: To what extent are we governed by technology?

Module Overview

In this final module, students train their focus on issues of governance, regulation, and civic engagement as it relates to the deployment of FRT. Students grapple with the essential question, "To what extent are we governed by technology?", by reflecting on all the research and learning they have done up to this point in addition to delving into texts focused on the how and why of regulations. Importantly, students will be preparing to educated their community about the benefits and risks of FRT in the end of unit project and are expected to approach the conversation from a solutions-oriented mindset. Students should be urged to dig into nuance, middle ground, and healthy compromises.

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NYS Next Generation ELA Standards

  • R1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly/ implicitly and make logical inferences; develop questions for deeper understanding and for further exploration.

  • RH9: Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

  • W1c: Use precise language and content-specific vocabulary to express the appropriate complexity of the topic.

NYS Computer Science & Digital Fluency Standards

  • 9-12.IC.1 Evaluate the impact of computing technologies on equity, access, and influence in a global society.

  • 9-12.IC.3 Debate issues of ethics related to real world computing technologies.

  • 9-12.IC.5 Describe ways that complex computer systems can be designed for inclusivity and to mitigate unintended consequences.


  • ethical: relating to moral principles and values; conforming to standards of good conduct and behavior.

  • systemic injustice: injustices that are deeply rooted in the system or society, and not just individual actions or beliefs.

  • perpetuate: to cause something to continue indefinitely; to keep something going, especially something that is negative or harmful.

  • oversight: the state of being in charge of someone or something

  • legislation: a law or a set of laws passed by a government body

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